RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Hilb Group, LLC (“THG”) announced today that it has acquired Maryland-based Insurance Solutions (“ISI”). The transaction became effective on October 1, 2020.

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Founded in 1989, ISI is a full-service employee benefits agency with expertise in group health & dental, life & disability, and other employer sponsored benefits.  As a part of the transaction, the Insurance Solutions leadership team of Brian Goff, Pam Nickerson and Jennifer Shipp, and their associates will join THG’s Mid-Atlantic operations and continue to work out of their existing location in Annapolis, Maryland.

“We are excited to bring our expertise in employee benefits to THG,” said Brian Goff. “We are looking forward to being part of THG and the opportunities to further serve our clients with the insurance solutions we provide.”

“We are pleased to welcome Brian, Pam, Jenn, and their associates to the THG Mid-Atlantic team,” said Ricky Spiro, THG CEO. “The ISI team offers skill and knowledge in our expanding employee benefits platform.”

About THG: THG is a leading middle market insurance agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is a portfolio company of global investment firm, The Carlyle Group. THG seeks to grow through targeted acquisitions in the middle market insurance brokerage space. The company now has over 90 offices in 20 states. Please visit our website at:

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Today, the Nobel Committee bestowed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on the World Food Programme, citing its herculean efforts to combat hunger, especially in war-torn areas. In doing so, the Committee stated that it “wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger.”

As COVID-19 threatens to push 132 million more people into extreme hunger (and has already pushed 100 million people into its corollary, extreme poverty), it’s more critical than ever to invest in sustainable market solutions that strengthen rural livelihoods. So let’s turn our eyes toward smallholder farmers, then come back to the role of small business and entrepreneurship. First, some numbers:

  • Two billion people—26% of the global population—experienced hunger or food insecurity in 2019, with 690 million of them facing chronic hunger. Worse yet, this number has been rising over the last five years.
  • 75% of the world’s hungry are smallholder farmers and their families, despite the fact that they produce a significant amount of the world’s food.

Smallholder farmers—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa—are the face of hunger. But let’s be clear: The problem is not that there isn’t enough food to nourish everyone; the problem is that too many can’t afford to put food on the table. Global action to reverse this trend and get back on track for the UN’s 2030 “zero hunger” target must therefore have rural livelihoods at its center.

To build sustainable livelihoods, smallholder farmers need at least three things: access to reliable incomes, resources to invest in the growth and health of their farms, and support to tackle livelihood shocks like COVID-19 or climate change. But the typical smallholder farmer lives hundreds of miles from accessible markets, leaving them with few choices but to sell their crops

Environmental groups have filed a motion asking a federal appeals court to tell FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy court judge to take action in light of alleged corruption cases in federal and state court.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center, Environmental Defense Fund, Ohio Citizen Action and the Ohio Environmental Council want the judge to consider suspending the reorganization plan confirmed earlier this year. The groups also hope the bankruptcy court will consider revising that confirmation order and conduct additional hearings. The groups filed the motion on Oct. 5.

“We’re asking the 6th Circuit to deal with these truly extraordinary circumstances,” in which federal and state corruption charges relate directly to assets involved in the bankruptcy case, said Howard Learner, executive director at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Among other things, Ohio House Bill 6 authorizes roughly $1 billion in subsidies over the next six years for two nuclear plants owned by Energy Harbor, formerly known as FirstEnergy Solutions.

The federal and state cases allege that former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder engineered a $60 million bribery scheme that used dark money organizations to hide the source of spending from FirstEnergy (known as “Company A” in some documents), its current and former affiliates, and others to pass HB 6 and prevent a referendum on the law.

“The remedy that we’re asking in the 6th Circuit complements what the Ohio attorney general has already asked for it its lawsuit,” Learner said. As he sees it, that case effectively asks the state court to “rescramble the eggs” and undo the reorganization.

Among other things, the state’s complaint asks that “each Defendant business entity and nonprofit [in the case] be dissolved or reorganized such that no agent, officer or representative found to have engaged in acts in furtherance of [the alleged wrongful conduct] retains

Digital Consulting firm ADROSONIC, today announced a strategic partnership with Riversand, a US-based multidomain Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solution provider, to develop and deliver cloud-native MDM and PIM solutions with rapid deployment to Insurance markets, specifically in the UK and the USA.

Recognised as the only Visionary by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management, Riversand has disrupted the traditional PIM and MDM markets. ADROSONIC will leverage its Insurance domain knowledge and success in the UK Insurance market with Riversand’s technology to create strategic and competitively advantageous solutions for its clients. Beyond Insurance, ADROSONIC’s depth includes other domains such as Manufacturing.

“ADROSONIC’s strong domain knowledge within Insurance, Manufacturing and Social Welfare organisations is unparalleled in Europe and the US,” said Jasleen Ahluwalia, vice president of Business Development at Riversand. “Their extensive experience in delivering multiple complex data projects, combined with their expertise in Quality Assurance and Automation and fast implementation, will benefit customers and help them realize better competitive value.”

“Riversand’s intuitive, 100 percent cloud-native MDM and PIM solution caters to both B2B and B2C markets. When coupled with ADROSONIC’s domain knowledge and expertise in handling complex data projects and comprehensive delivery methodology, this promises cost efficiency and quicker time-to-value, thus lowering the total cost of ownership for the business,” said Mr. Mayank, CEO and MD at ADROSONIC. “Organisations going through a digital transformation journey are looking for MDM solutions that can be integrated with their cloud-first strategy and our combined efforts fit perfectly with their needs.”

About Riversand

Riversand’s cloud-native master data management solutions are designed to support customers’ digital transformation journeys through improved business agility, faster adoption and improved collaboration across the enterprise. Driving data to experiences, Riversand has a vision of helping companies know their customers better, move products faster,

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ORLANDO, Fla. – September 29, 2020 – ( )

​​​​​​​PlusOne Solutions, a compliance and risk management solutions provider specializing in contractor networks, released a new Certificate of Insurance (COI) Management service for small businesses.

As an insurance compliance partner, PlusOne Solutions ensures a contractor network is fully compliant with a company’s insurance standards, reduces the risk associated with working with contractors who may have improper insurance coverage and improves overall network compliance rates.

Managing all the certificates of insurance documentation in-house often means file cabinets filled with outdated COIs and a lack of tracking, leading to increased risk and liability with an out-of-compliance contractor network. Unfortunately, buying or licensing a COI tracking system is usually cost-prohibitive for companies with less than 250 contractor COIs to manage. To fix this common pain point, PlusOne Solutions created a Starter package, which offers all the essential components of a successful insurance compliance program.

“We realized that small and medium-sized companies needed an affordable option to improve their certificate of insurance management program, in such a way that would add value,” said Sara Everett, Insurance & License Operations Manager at PlusOne Solutions. “We developed a new range of insurance-related services that provide varying levels of our efficiencies, support, and safeguards to enhance their current insurance management process. The best part is that as the company’s needs grow, PlusOne Solutions can grow with them.” 

As companies expand over time, they can upgrade to either the Professional or Enterprise packages for additional features, such as more robust support, consulting, and reporting. The varying packages are flexible to cater to the needs of networks of all sizes, however, there are some fundamental features included as a standard